Basketball The Best College Basketball Programs  

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List Rules Only major basketball programs from four-year universities

The best college basketball programs in the country come from some of the most distinguished universities and colleges in the US. Including teams most likely to win March Madness, these men's basketball teams feature the best college basketball players of 2019. These excellent athletic programs produce some of the basketball's most elite athletes and some of the greatest rivalries in sports, college or otherwise. These are the colleges with good basketball programs that regularly kill it on the court.

Some of these teams, like the Tar Heels and the Jayhawks, are perennial contenders in the NCAA Men's Final Four and even NCAA basketball championship game, and other are up and coming programs that could soon rival the best college basketball programs for spots in the NCAA basketball tournament.

What are the best college basketball programs ever? What college has the best basketball program? What schools have the top basketball programs? There are a lot of answers to these questions that will likely be swayed by fervent fandom, but the point of this list is to compile answers and determine who has the top spot on the list of the best college basketball programs regardless of how popular or small the university is. If you know of a great basketball school that's not on the list yet, make sure to add it and get it in the running for the title of best college basketball program.

And since this is likely a list to be visited while thinking about, or in the throws of, March Madness, be sure to consult these tips for picking NCAA brackets when you're sifting through the up-and-comers trying to decide who will make it to the Sweet 16 and beyond.

list ordered by

1
1,104 1,148
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

2
1,078 1,075
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

3
1,011 1,059
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

4
881 910
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
617 897
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

6
627 887
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
537 651
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
520 837
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
439 655
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

10
488 737
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

11
427 669
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

12
403 613
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

13
358 465
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
West Coast Conference

14
403 623
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

15
314 491
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

16
293 540
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

17
279 464
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

18
280 417
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

19
238 385
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

20
139 136
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

21
230 458
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

22
214 406
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

23
220 457
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
220 436
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

25
172 309
Purdue Boilermakers basketball is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big Ten Conference